Philosophy and Therapeutic Approach
The Bible is full of people who undergo suffering. My own desire to counsel has been influenced by the gentleness that Jesus demonstrated towards those he encountered.
I have attempted to model, within the counseling room, the very gentleness and care that he showed to those who suffered – such as with the death of Lazarus.
What to Expect in Therapy
It’s always an honor and a privilege for me to sit down with a new client. We will take things as slow or as fast as you would prefer to go. This is your life that we’re talking about and so I will commit to collaborating with you in your quest for growth or recovery.
I’m also committed to being honest with you. Sometimes counselors are able to provide feedback that no one in your life is able or willing to give to you. I have found that receiving honest feedback from counselors is a humbling and enriching experience.
Qualifications and Experience
I once worked for a full year as a janitor in St. Louis. I was planning on attending graduate school the following year, but in the meantime I had to wait patiently and see if my acceptance letter would arrive. Upon the school’s decision, they sent me a rejection letter informing me that I needed more “life experience.”
That response crushed me at the time, but it has since proven to be a benchmark moment for me. So I can confidently tell you that the best experience I have is my own life story. We all fight many battles within a given day and my own life story can testify to that truth.
Before working at Cornerstone, I worked as a clinical intern at National Institute for Change. There I had the privilege of working with clients who had struggled with substance abuse or domestic violence charges. Observing their transformation week-in and week-out was powerful and extremely impactful for me as a therapist.
Personal Life and Interests
I’m a Christian. My faith and relationship with God is the most important thing in my life. It’s the reason I am involved with counseling and every decision I make is influenced by it.
I’ve been married for several years to my beautiful wife. We met in Colorado and have both studied counseling together. We love seeing new sites in Denver, walking around Wash Park, and reading. We also have taken a deep dive into learning about the Enneagram (a type of personality framework of the human psyche that was influenced by ancient Desert Fathers).
I love reading everything from C. S. Lewis to Dostoyevsky to Stephen King. I am a big music fan and have self-taught myself to play the acoustic guitar. I am also happy to instruct you in the lore of Marvel comics, free of charge.